The Company

Historical Lower Aragon, with its capital in Alcañiz (Teruel), has traditionally been known for its delicate oils. They are amongst the most prestigious thanks to the singular organoleptic characteristics of the olive this oil is made of: EMPELTRE..

The company Almazaras Reunidas del Bajo Aragón, S.A., bottles, distributes, and markets extra virgin olive oil under the Protected Designation of Origin “Aceite del Bajo Aragón” under the brand REALES ALMAZARAS DE ALCAÑIZ. Thereby, all the products commercialized under that name can exclusively be of EXTRA VIRGIN quality. The Regulatory Council of the PDO certifies every batch and numbers every bottle.

The oil REALES ALMAZARAS DE ALCAÑIZ is produced with a rigorous selection of olives of the empeltre variety. They are always fresh-harvested from lots registered in the PDO “Aceite del Bajo Aragón” at the ideal degree of ripeness. Our secret is knowing how to adopt the right operating conditions in every moment and through every process. This leads to the obtaining and preserving of all the characteristics inherent in the fruit the oil comes from: EMPELTRE olive.

Its main attributes are typical of an early harvesting: a fruity hint, with a soft touch of almond and apple, and moderately bitter and spicy without losing the sweet feel of the variety. The outcoming oil has an exquisite soft and fluid texture that is normally fruity at the beginning of the campaign, and turns sweeter and more delicate as it evolves. This sweetness makes it different to any other extra virgin olive oil in the market. It is especially suitable for children and elderly persons thanks to its health benefits. It is renowned amongst sector professionals as the best olive oil for baking pastries.

 

 

The environment

The capital of the comarca of historical Low Aragon, Alcañiz, is at 340 metres altitude, and 41º latitude. Thanks to its altitude and climate, it is suitable for cultivation of olive trees.

The land is formed by thick sedimentary layers (clay, gypsum, and sandstones) and belongs to the Tertiary period. It is ideal to grow olive trees due to their adaptability to different components. Soil pH ranges from 7.5 to 8.5, approximately. Temperatures reach their lowest values in January, February, and March, going down to -10 ºC. Its average rainfall is of 300 to 400 mm3. Its terraced fields and the nature of the soil are favourable. Nevertheless, the soil is looser and thicker than those in other olive-producing areas. Thus, water usage is more effective.

The olive varieties Empeltre and Royal de Alloza are considered indigenous. The empeltre tree goes through a large development and grows on a single trunk.

Its fruits are early and have a regular size. They need lower temperatures than most of other varieties in the Ebro basin in order to ripen. They can resist the cold and late frosts, and also droughts.